Ubisoft’s new The Division recreation isn’t even out but, because it’s nonetheless in beta testing and received’t launch formally till 2024. However after attempting the beta, I already need one characteristic from the upcoming recreation to change into customary in each online game I play sooner or later.
For the previous couple of days, I’ve been enjoying the beta for Ubisoft’s upcoming cell looter shooter, The Division Resurgence. As a fan of the earlier video games, I used to be curious to see if the superb cover-based shooter motion was nonetheless enjoyable on a telephone. Seems, it principally is, with fight in Resurgence feeling acquainted to The Division 2’s albeit with some adjustments that make it extra playable on a touchscreen system. However the factor I cherished essentially the most about this new Division recreation is the power to fast-forward cutscenes with the contact of a finger.
Earlier than we go any additional: Sure, I do know Ubisoft didn’t invent the idea of fast-forwarding cutscenes. Some JRPGs have included related options, or allow you to do that after beating the sport as soon as. However quick forwarding continues to be so hardly ever seen in video games in 2023 that its inclusion in Division Resurgence was a pleasant shock, that not solely bears mentioning however prompts me to ask: Why isn’t this customary in most video games?
An exquisite shock
I truly found the power to fast-forward cutscenes in The Division Resurgence by chance. Throughout an extended cutscene early within the recreation’s introduction sequence, I touched the display screen to wipe away a smudge and all of the sudden the cutscene began enjoying twice as rapidly.
Since that second, I’ve been using Resurgence’s fast-forward characteristic very often. If a cutscene features a scene of somebody strolling round silently, I faucet the display screen for a number of seconds and buzz by means of it. If a personality begins blabbering on a few mission that I already perceive, I faucet the display screen and velocity issues up for a number of seconds. It’s very humorous to hurry up dialogue, as they begin sounding a bit like Alvin and the Chipmunks. You may as well faucet it randomly to kind of remix cutscenes, too. I’ve…in all probability been having an excessive amount of enjoyable with this minor characteristic.
In fact, you can even skip cutscenes utterly in The Division Resurgence, similar to most video games in 2023 allow you to. However I normally don’t wish to skip a cutscene completely, even when drags or characters begin happening about one thing that has been completely lined already. You by no means know when a brand new little bit of lore may drop, or a personality may reveal extra about who they’re, and many others. However with the ability to simply and selectively velocity by means of elements of cutscenes has been a godsend in Resurgence. It’s additionally a sensible characteristic to incorporate in a cell recreation, as you by no means know if the particular person enjoying may must wrap up rapidly to catch a bus or no matter.
So yeah, Ubisoft, you’ve spoiled me. I need this fast-forward choice in each online game you make sooner or later. I undoubtedly need it in The Division 3 and The Division Heartland, at the least. Now that I’ve had a style, I don’t wish to return.